George Bush Intercontinental Airport will be the first airport in Texas to operate scheduled air service using the Airbus A380 aircraft, the largest passenger jet in the world. Service on the double-deck aircraft will begin at IAH Aug. 1, as an upgrade to Lufthansa Airlines’ service connecting Houston and Frankfurt, Germany.  The aircraft has 63 percent more cabin space than the Boeing 747-400, the next largest aircraft. Of the 526 passenger seats on the plane, the eight seats in first class and 98 in business class are located on the upper deck. The remaining 420 economy seats are on the lower deck. “This is a tremendous moment for the people of Houston,” said Houston aviation director Mario Diaz. “This enormous aircraft represents the future of international travel within the aviation industry and the future is choosing Houston as its first destination in Texas.”  Preparations for the plane’s arrival in Terminal D at IAH have already begun. Special measures have been taken to ensure that the plane will be properly accommodated because of its size. The preparations include the installation of a new fueling pipeline system in the area of Gate D12 as well as two electrical and air-conditioning units to cool the plane when it is parked at the gate. The preparations also include the arrival of the airport’s first duel jet bridge with the bi-entry system, which will allow for faster passenger loading and unloading. Service using the A380 aircraft is only offered at three other cites in the United States. “Houston makes perfect sense as the fourth-largest U.S. city to experience Lufthansa’s A380 flagship aircraft and premium service,” said Jürgen Siebenrock, vice president of Lufthansa’s American operations. The Houston-Frankfurt flight will depart daily at 4:20 p.m. CST and arrive in Germany at 9:05 a.m. local time.George Bush Intercontinental Airport will be the first airport in Texas to operate scheduled air service using the Airbus A380 aircraft, the largest passenger jet in the world. Service on the double-deck aircraft will begin at IAH Aug. 1, as an upgrade to Lufthansa Airlines’ service connecting Houston and Frankfurt, Germany.  The aircraft has 63 percent more cabin space than the Boeing 747-400, the next largest aircraft. Of the 526 passenger seats on the plane, the eight seats in first class and 98 in business class are located on the upper deck. The remaining 420 economy seats are on the lower deck. “This is a tremendous moment for the people of Houston,” said Houston aviation director Mario Diaz. “This enormous aircraft represents the future of international travel within the aviation industry and the future is choosing Houston as its first destination in Texas.”  Preparations for the plane’s arrival in Terminal D at IAH have already begun. Special measures have been taken to ensure that the plane will be properly accommodated because of its size. The preparations include the installation of a new fueling pipeline system in the area of Gate D12 as well as two electrical and air-conditioning units to cool the plane when it is parked at the gate. The preparations also include the arrival of the airport’s first duel jet bridge with the bi-entry system, which will allow for faster passenger loading and unloading. Service using the A380 aircraft is only offered at three other cites in the United States. “Houston makes perfect sense as the fourth-largest U.S. city to experience Lufthansa’s A380 flagship aircraft and premium service,” said Jürgen Siebenrock, vice president of Lufthansa’s American operations. The Houston-Frankfurt flight will depart daily at 4:20 p.m. CST and arrive in Germany at 9:05 a.m. local time.

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